All inspired and fired up from the weekend's Black Hills Photo Shootout, I swung through Badlands National Park on the way home to Pierre. I found a herd of bighorn sheep lazily enjoying the sun near the Pinnacles overlook on the west end of the Badlands Loop drive.
On the eastern end of the park, controlled burns had blackened large areas of the grasslands in the lower elevations. Not expecting to see scorched landscape, I suddenly realized it was making me look at things differently than the last hundred times I had driven this same route. All of a sudden this view jumped out at me and I used a 400mm lens to compress the ridges together for a different look than I've ever shot there before.
All in all a very worthwhile detour on my way home.